We all know that building an application can be a hard process and we're always looking for ways to make the process easier. We try different methods and we usually find the best way. In this article, we're going to mention 6 reasons why you should build your next mobile application using Ionic Framework.

Ionic Framework is an open source mobile UI toolkit for building high quality, cross-platform native and web applications. It allows you to move faster with a single codebase that runs everywhere.

What is Ionic?

It's a mobile-ready and cross-platform UI library and toolkit that works everywhere; any platform, any device, any framework. You can reuse your existing web skills; HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build apps for IOS, Android, Electron and PWAs. You can create one codebase that can go across all these platforms just using your web skills and target the different native APIs and features, like Geolocation, Camera, Bluetooth.

If you are new to this world I suggest you to read more about Ionic's key components. Also, when it comes to PWAs, we wrote a Complete Guide To Progressive Web Apps with Ionic that you may want to bookmark for a future reading because we deeply explain what are PWAs, why you should definitely consider them for your next project, and also show how easy is to build a feature complete PWA with Ionic and Angular!

6 reasons why you should build your next app using Ionic:

  1. Ionic Framework is Free

    Ionic (the company) does have premium features, but building an Ionic app itself using Ionic Framework is free. You can create a production app using their beautiful UI components for free. Just go ahead and install Ionic on your computer, fire up your favourite IDE and go!

  2. It's Open Source

    Stability is a big concern when "open source" is mentioned. They can be unstable and that's why people worry about open source projects. They fear they're going to be abandoned. So, instead, they spend a lot of money on other frameworks. We're not trying to question other frameworks in this article but instead, we're trying to show you the benefits of Ionic Framework. Probably one of the key benefits is stability.

  3. Ionic is Built on Angular

    There are so many reasons why it's a good thing and we'll mention a few here:

    • Angular is one of the most powerful frameworks to build web-applications
    • It lets you extend HTML's syntax to express your application's components
    • Angular data-binding is an automatic way of updating the view whenever the model changes, as well as updating the model whenever the view changes.
    • You can contact Angular developer community to get help and support with problems you're having while building your Ionic App (This might be helpful to a lot of people)
    • Even if you don't know Angular, you will learn so much about it while using Ionic, and then you'll even be able to use it to build web applications.
  4. Ionic Has a Beautiful Customizable Default UI

    Ionic has some default JavaScript components as well as CSS components which will provide most of the basic things you require to build a mobile application, which includes Ionic components like sliding menu, Form Inputs, Lists, Buttons, tabs, and much more.

  5. Cordova Plugins

    Cordova Plugins are a big part of the magic of Ionic app development. A plugin is a bit of add-on code that provides JavaScript interface to the phone's native components. They allow your app to use native device capabilities beyond what is available to pure web apps. Using Cordova plugins you app can have access to Battery, Camera, Dialogs, Geolocation, and more, which are generally available across all supported platforms.

  6. Ionic Community is so Active

    We all need to admit that when it comes to community of all sorts, we want them to be active and be big. We can truly say that Ionic has the biggest community, they're so active and have some great bloggers. Ionic team members are very active on social media and are easy to get in touch with, this includes their founders as well! A lot of members also hang out in Ionic Slack channel.

There we have it, 6 great reasons to use Ionic Framework! If you want to translate the dream of building a good mobile application into reality, without spending a penny and in a fun manner, then we highly recommend you to use Ionic Framework.

Next Steps

After learning what is Ionic Framework and why you should use it to build your next mobile app, you can focus on:

  • Learn how to build a complete mobile app with Ionic Framework reading this step by step tutorial
  • Learn how to integrate an Ionic app with you own backend

As you know we also sell beautiful Ionic templates and components that you may find super useful as they save you hours of development, time and effort, while giving your mobile app a great design from scratch.

Why don't you put those new shiny skills to use and try one of our products?

You can jump right in and create a Full Ionic App or if you want to take it slow and start with something easier, try some of our Ionic Components.